Taking young minds seriously

Mr. Kevin Ritter

Originally from the Detroit area, Kevin Ritter is a 1990 graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Education (double major in History and Political Science).  After graduation, Mr. Ritter stayed at CMU to complete an M.A. in Political Science in 1992.  From 1997-1999, he attended Western Michigan University where he completed coursework, exams, and language requirements for a PhD. in Modern European History.  Before finishing his dissertation, however, he left the university to found Coast to Coast Baseball (2000), a youth sports organization he still heads today.

For the past six years, Kevin has taught History and Political Science at Washington State Community College.  He is a co-founder of Veritas Classical Academy, where he teaches courses in Ancient Greece and Rome, American History, European History, and American Government.

He is an active member of St. Mary’s Basilica in Marietta.  Mr. Ritter is the father of two (Liam and Anna), and his wife, Khadine, is an attorney at TheisenBrock.  He is also a County Commissioner.

When asked why classical studies are essential to the development of adult citizenry, Mr. Ritter responded: “Those who pursue classical studies recognize the end of education is not training for a specific career but rather an understanding of what it means to be fully human.  Classical education equips students with far more than a simple set of skills associated with a particular occupation. It teaches them how to think rather than what to think.  As such, a liberal (classical) education is an education best suited to a free individual.  Because of its focus on the inculcation of virtue, this type of education is best suited to prepare the beneficiary for the awesome responsibility of self government.”

What does Mr. Ritter most love about history?  “There are two things I love about history.  First, since we are all fallen, and tend to sin in the same ways as our predecessors, I enjoy learning how those who came before us sought to live out the virtues we all struggle to acquire.  This heroic (and sometimes tragic) struggle is instructive and I find great motivation in the lives of great men and women.  Second, I love the diffusion of ideas (like freedom and liberty) throughout history.  I love seeing the birth of an idea and watching as it spreads both geographically and across time and finally, how that idea impacts our own life today.” – Kevin Ritter